Thursday, Oct 27th

Last update05:20:13 AM GMT

You are here News Environment North American scientists track incoming Fukushima plume

North American scientists track incoming Fukushima plume

E-mail Print PDF

Fukushima plumeThe likely scale of the radioactive plume of water from Fukushima due to hit the west coast of North America should be known in the next two months.  Only minute traces of pollution from the beleaguered Japanese power plant have so far been recorded in Canadian continental waters.

This will increase as contaminants disperse eastwards on Pacific currents.

But scientists stress that even the peak measurements will be well within the limits set by safety authorities.

Since the 2011 Fukushima accident, researchers from the Bedford Institute of Oceanography have been sampling waters along a line running almost 2,000km due west of Vancouver, British Columbia.

And by June of last year, they were detecting quantities of radioactive caesium-137 and 134 along the sampling line’s entire length.

Although the radioactivity concentrations remain extremely low – less than one becquerel per cubic metre of water – they have allowed the scientists to start to validate the two models that are being used to forecast the probable future progression of the plume.


Most Recent Related Stories...

Fracking Linked to Cancer-Causing Chemicals, Yale Study Finds

Fracking chemicals linked to cancerYet another study has determined that hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, might be a major public health...

DiCaprio's Climate Doc Exposes Destruction of Rainforest for Palm Oil as Huge Driver of Global Carbon Emissions

Rain forest destructionA new documentary produced and starring actor and activist Leonardo DiCaprio premieres in Los Angeles today...

5.5 Earthquake Hits Central Italy, Tremors Felt In Rome

Earthquake hits ItalyA 5.5-magnitude earthquake Wednesday hit central Italy, about 50 miles north of the site of a...

Renewables just passed coal as the largest source of new electricity worldwide

Reign of coal is overIt’s been a long run, coal, but your reign is over.Renewable energy sources have passed coal...
America's # 1 Enemy
Tee Shirt
& Help Support!
TVNL Tee Shirt
Conserve our Planet
& Help Support!
Get your 9/11 & Media
Deception Dollars
& Help Support!
The Loaded Deck
The First & the Best!
The Media & Bush Admin Exposed!